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Roland GK-3B Divided Pickup

Roland GK-3B Divided Pickup for Bass new in box

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Enables connection to synthesizers, such as Roland’s V-Bass and GR-20 v.2
Ultra-thin design
Large, smooth-action volume knob
Select switch for normal bass tone, synth sound, or mixture of both
Easy installation

We never saw one of these on here im doing a google search for more info will update:

 

here is a great review I was able to lift off Amazon

I waited a while to post this review so I could expound with clarity when I reviewed it. I use this pickup on a Peavey Cirrus 6 string and run it through a Roland GR-20 guitar synth. I would love to tell you the GK-3B tracks flawlessly, but that is not the case. However, I am not sure if the problem is the nature of GK-3B or the fact that I am running it through the somewhat antiquated Roland GR-20. At some point I will get the Roland GR-55 and I believe I will likely see an improvement in the overall tracking.

Having said that, I am very pleased with the GK-3B. I use it extensively in my home studio and my live church gig with our worship team. It is so incredibly powerful to add a realistic, breathy sax or vibraphone or flute or vocal pad to an intimate time of heartfelt worship, without having to have all those instrumentalists and vocalists on stage. Also, it has revolutionized the way that I record. A friend even commented recently how remarkably uncanny it is that I am able to produce entire multitrack recordings using only my bass guitar.

In the beginning I used the GK-3B with the “temporary” adhesive application pads and it was ok. I did that because I did not want to wait to have it professionally, permanently installed as there were only a few local shops/luthiers that were able to do the job and they had long wait times. Finally, I had it installed by a tech at the local Sam Ash. He did an excellent job and it added to the tracking accuracy and cut down (a little) on the somewhat bulky footprint of the GK-3B.

If money was not an issue I would prefer to outfit all my basses with internal peizo synth access systems. But as money is a factor, for me, the GK-3B is the most cost effective way to utilize the infinate possibilities of the world of synth access.

Editors 2 cents : I have played a synth bass before and it is incredible to play bass guitar and get a horn sound or a violin or what ever, Its very much fun, And I could see it coming in very handy in multi track situations. The price is definitely doable for most , I’m putting this one on my wish list.